Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. Trolltunga is situated about 1100 meters above sea level, hovering 700 metres above lake Ringedalsvatnet. The view is breathtaking.
The hike goes through high mountains, takes 8-10 hours in total (to Trolltunga and return) and the ascent is about 900 meters. The hike is usually possible to do from mid June, depending on when the snow melts in the mountains. Normally one can hike to Trolltunga until mid September. Consider carefully whether you are in good enough shape and have the right equipment before setting out. Plan carefully and start early in the day. From Odda you can drive to Tyssedal on route 13. From Tyssedal follow signs to Skjeggedal. Parking in Skjeggedal after 7 km. Parking fee NOK 500 pr day in Skjeggedal. The hike starts at the beginning of the funicular Mågelibanen (not in operation) in Skjeggedal. Follow the road that starts on the left side of the funicular.The Trolltunga road is a single track, private road up the steep Mågelia hillside. It does not take you to the Trolltunga site, only up the first 400 meters ascent. The road has 17 hairpin bends. It is possible to take a shuttlebus to the top of the road.
From the parking area on top there is a 4 hour hike in each direction.
The path is marked with painted red T’s in the terrain. There are some signs along the route.
If you want to stay overnight in the mountain area around the Trolltunga, we recommend bringing your own tent.
All nature based activities are at your own risk. You will need sturdy hiking boots, bring extra clothing and be prepared for bad weather. Bring map and compass.
All nature based activities are at your own risk. You will need sturdy hiking boots, bring extra warm clothing, rainwear and be prepared for bad weather. Bring map and compass, plenty to eat and drink, a torch and a simple first aid kit. Weather in the high mountains can change quickly - check the latest weather forecast before going to Trolltunga. DO NOT hike to Trolltunga in strong wind, heavy rain or in foggy weather. It is always colder in the mountains than down by the fjord. Respect the nature.
Every year there are search and rescue operations for hikers in serious trouble. Prepare well and be a responsible and safe hiker. Start early in the morning. Norway is far north, meaning daylight is short from September and nights are very cold. We recommend starting at latest 8:00 in the morning.
Depending on snow and weather conditions, the season will vary from year to year.
15 June-15 September, recommended season (average year).
16 September-28 October, recommended with guide.
29 October-16 February, NOT recommended, highly dangerous.
17 February-14 June, recommended with guide (snowshoes).
Contact Odda Tourist Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more detailed information about the hike, accommodation and maps.
TRAVEL AND PARKING
WITH PRIVATE CAR:
Drive to Tyssedal (6 km from Odda) on route 13. Follow signs to Skjeggedal and Trolltunga. After about 7 km you reach the parking lot in Skjeggedal. Parking in Skjeggedal (NOK 500/day, 250 spaces). The parking fee is used to finance public facilities in the area.
Alternative parking at Topp for 30 cars, 4 km from Skjeggedal towards Trolltunga. Steep and narrow (private) road with sharp turns, 400 meters ascent and 17% maximum gradient. For experienced drivers, 4-wheel drive is recommended. Maximum car height is 2 m. Mobile homes and motorcycles are not allowed. See detailed information at www.trolltunga-road.com
WITH PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:
BETWEEN ODDA AND SKJEGGEDAL (starting point for the hike)
Trolltunga shuttle: (15 June - 15 Sept.) Pick-up service from the major providers of accommodation in Odda. www.oddataxi.no
Price (return ticket) Odda - Skjeggedal NOK 250
Odda Taxi stand and Hardanger Hotel: 06:30, 07:50
Skjeggedal: 17:00, 18:30, 20:00
Public bus service: Route 995, www.skyss.no. (no booking, cash only)